No. 10 Simon Fraser Shuts Down Oregon State

CORVALLIS, OR (March 17, 2014) No. 10 Simon Fraser shut down the Oregon State offense, holding OSU to just 5 goals and outshooting the Beavers 27-10 in the second half, as the Clan posted a 4-1 fourth quarter to seal a hard fought victory by a final score of 9-5.

The win puts SFU firmly in control of the PNCLL conference standings with a divisional record of 5-0, while Oregon State currently sits tied for third with Boise State at 2-1, narrowly behind second-placed Oregon with a record of 3-1. Fraser has now recorded wins over each of the other teams currently in the top four, while Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State wait to square off in April.

Clan attackmen Tyler Kirkby (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) and Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) continued an impressive scoring run over the month of March, as the duo has now combined to amass a striking 37 points over their last four contests (Kirkby14g, 5a; Spencer 12g, 6a). Spencer led all scorers versus Oregon State with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Kirkby added 3 goals and an assist to tag team the SFU Offense.

The Fraser defense, led by seniors, long stick midfielder Riley Wanzer (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak HS) and goaltender Darren Zwack (Sherwood Park, AB/St. Francis Xavier), along with juniors Bayne Bosquet (Coldstream, BC/Kalamalka Secondary) and Mark Hilker (Bowmanville, ON/Clarington Central Secondary), and sophomore Alex Thomson (Coquitlam, BC/Gleneagle Secondary), have now held opponents to an average of just 6.25 goals per game, while Zwack continues to be outstanding in the SFU net posting a 0.688 save percentage with 11 saves against Oregon State, to maintain a 0.690 save percentage on the season.

OSU sophomore Spencer Rotenberg (Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) blasted a shot by Zwack, after catching a pass from fellow midfielder Colin Kacinski (Pleasanton, CA/Foothills HS), to open the scoring and give Oregon State their only lead of the day at 1-0. Kirkby found Spencer on the crease to tie the game 1-1, and then went hard to the net himself out of a Clan timeout to give SFU a 2-1 advantage. Rotenberg scored his second of the game to knot the score at 2-2 until SFU sophomore midfielder Chris Pond scored down the alley to put the Clan ahead 3-2 after 15:00 minutes.

Oregon State would capitalize with the man-advantage to start the second quarter, as freshman attack Kevin Cathcart (West Linn, OR/West Linn HS) tied the game at 3-3. That would be the last time that the two teams would be tied as Kirkby and Spencer connected again, this time with Kirkby burying a backhand from the hole for his second of the game to put SFU up by a score of 4-3. Junior midfielder Casey Foster then extended his scoring streak to five games with his seventh goal of the season to give the Clan a two-goal lead of 5-3 heading into the intermission.

The Clan continued to surge forward offensively in the third quarter but would be shutout on the scoresheet, with Oregon State counting the only goal of the period off a drive from Cathcart behind the cage to close the deficit to within one at 5-4, despite being outshot 15-4 in the frame.

The Fraser offense would finally get clicking in the fourth quarter as another wide margin in shots, 12-6 in SFU's favor, resulted in a 4-1 run down the stretch. Spencer finished a fast-break pass from sophomore midfielder Jordan Stroup (Coquitlam, BC/Dr. Charles Best) to put SFU back up by two at 6-4.

Cathcart would again bring OSU to within one at 6-5 but that would be as close as the Beavers would get as Spencer delivered a pass to junior midfielder Travis Hayes (Dublin, CA/Dublin HS), followed by a goal from Kirkby, assisted by junior midfielder Brendan Farrell, and then Spencer with a nice move on the door step to solidify an important four-goal victory.

The Clan returned home immediately following the win, where they will have a quick two-day turnaround before leaving for an out of conference trip to Arizona to face No. 14 Arizona (March 20), No. 1 Arizona State (March 22) and a neutral site game versus GRLC power, Illinois (March 23).

Oregon State will take to the field again next Sunday, March 23 when they host No. 16 Stanford.


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